ROME – Filipinos once again glowed with pride after a Filipino Archbishop was named as one of the six new cardinals of the Catholic Church, just days after Pedro Calungsod, the second Filipino to become a saint, was canonized.
“First of all, very proud ako at isang bagay na kailangan nating ipagmalaki talaga,” said overseas Filipino worker Tonette Tillo.
Pope Benedict XVI announced on October 24th at the Vatican the names of the six new Cardinals, including the Philippines very own, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle.
Pinoys celebrated early even though the formal consistory is on November 24th at the Vatican City.
“Maganda. We will be proud kasi una mayroon tayong naging santo, pangalawa mayroong cardinal,” said another OFW Rolando Mendoza.
Redemptorist priest, Fr. Bert Cepe, said the appointment of Tagle is a big challenge for the Philippine church.
“I look at it as a gift, but at the same time, a challenge for the Philippine church,” Fr. Cepe said.
According to the Sentro Pilipino Chaplaincy in Rome, a cardinal holds a big responsibility.
“Ang kanilang tungkulin ay upang makipag-ugnayan sa Santo Papa, sa mga pangangailangan ng simbahan o kung kailangan nang pumili ng bagong Santo Papa,” said Fr. Romeo Velos.
ABS-CBN Europe tried to get Archbishop Tagle for an interview, but Fr. Velos said he is busy.
“Si Archbishop Tagle ay kasama ngayon sa Synod. Busy siya ngayon na makibahagi sa mga miyembro ng obispo at cardinal para talakayin ang pangangailangan lalo sa tema na Year of Faith,” Fr. Velos said.
A text message from Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston also echoed what Fr. Velos already said. Report from Jocelyn Ruiz-Roxas, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau